Another example of al-Kindī is that you can absorb some of the contents of books without reading them, by irradiation, if you are surrounded by many of them.David Derrick added that comment to How sleeve artwork changes the sound of CDs. Harmless pseudoscience... Or is it? Here is Nassim Taleb writing in The Black Swan:
A private library is not an ego-boosting appendage but a research tool. Read books are far less valuable than unread ones. The library should contain as much of what you do not know as your financial means, mortgage rates, and the currently tight real-estate market will allow you to put there. You will accumulate more knowledge and more books as you grow older, and the growing number of unread books on the shelves will look at you menacingly. Indeed, the more you know, the larger the rows of unread books.The same theory applies to CDs. But the problem is MP3 files cannot look at you menacingly.
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